The Palestinian summer celebration 2007

From George Rishmawi
June 20 – August 18th 2007
Come and celebrate Palestine, learn Arabic, study history, know the people and their culture, share some time with local families and volunteer with a local community organization
The Palestinian summer celebration is a unique annual program that gives people from all over the world the chance to encounter the life and culture in Palestine in addition to donating some of their time to a local community organization through voluntary work and internships. The Palestinian summer celebration 2007 will take place in the Bethlehem area in Palestine, between Wednesday June 20th and August 18th 2007. the annual celebration is organized by Siraj Center for Holy Land Studies in partnership with Bethlehem University and the US based Society for Biblical Studies. Participants will also have the opportunity to listen and question high level speakers of various positions and expertise.
Educational opportunity:
An Arabic language Course and a Modern Palestine Course are offered by Bethlehem U as apart of the program. Three credits hours will be given for each course, upon the participant’s request.
Courses out line
ARSP 101 Introduction to Palestinian Spoken Arabic
HIST 120 Modern Palestine
An opportunity to serve a good cause:
Voluntary work in over 50 different organizations in Bethlehem and the surrounding towns of Beit Sahour, Beit Jala and Doha, also in the three refugee camps in the vicinity Dehaisheh, Aida and Azza who have been suffering the longest tragedy in the history of humanity.
Tips of anticipated voluntary work
1. Office work, like writing, editing, web design
2. Work with Children at Summer camps and Children centers
3. Physical work in agriculture, schools and centers
All participants are invited to submit their resumes so we can send it to a number of organizations and set you up at the right place where your skills and effort are most needed and appreciated.
Where to go home to:
Accommodation will be in the hospitality of local families in the Bethlehem and the vicinity depending on the voluntary work place. Participants will have the chance to share the lives of the local family’s and get exposed to real life situation where they can practice there freshly learnt Arabic and Palestinian culture, experience the tasty traditional Palestinian dishes and all other aspects of Palestinian extended family life. Such an experience will give the participants the chance to build relations with their host families that may last for ever.
Never the less accommodations at guest houses are available for daily, weekly or monthly rates.

For more information:
Siraj, Center for Holy Land Studies
Beit Sahour, Palestine
Telefax: +972 2 274 8590
The Society for Biblical Studies
661 Mass. Ave.
Suite 40
Arlington, MA
Most welcome, Ahlan Wa Sahlan
George S. Rishmawi
Coordinator Siraj, Center for Holy land Studeis
Schools Street,
Beit Sahour,
tel: 02 274 8590
fax: 02 274 8590
mobile: 0599 180 872

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